San Diego Convention Center Information
for Business & Event Attendees
The San Diego Convention Center welcomes thousands of conventioneers, conference attendees and corporate travelers every year. For those who are planning to make their way to the convention center for business, here is some general information about the venue, getting to the convention center and the surrounding area.
The San Diego Convention Center has more than 2 million square feet of space within its two stories. Within the large venue, conventioneers can take advantage of the large ground floor, 72 upstairs meeting and rooms, banquet rooms, two ballrooms and multiple pavilions with balconies overlooking the San Diego Bay. Unlike other convention centers in the nation, the SDCC has an expansive patio area, providing additional outdoor exhibit space.
Getting to the San Diego Convention Center
The San Diego Convention Center is conveniently located 10 minutes from the airport on Harbor Drive. Upon arrival at the airport, visitors can hail a cab or hop aboard a bus and quickly get to their event at the convention center. A large drop-off and pick-up area in front of the convention center makes offers maximum convenience to out of town guests. If you are staying at a cheap San Diego Convention Center hotel, you can conveniently travel to the complex either by trolley with a station located a short walk from the entrance or by car.
San Diego Convention Center visitors who drive themselves park at the convention center or across the street. The convention center has a private underground parking garage with ample parking of over 1,000 spaces. Visitors must pay $15 per day to park in the lot and there are no in and out privileges. When parking is full underground (typically only for large events such as Comic Con), visitors can park in the parking garage across the street from the south side of the convention center.
Exploring the Area Surrounding the Convention Center
The San Diego Convention Center is located within walking distance of many downtown restaurants, shops and attractions. For lunch breaks during conventions or conferences, visitors can visit the hundreds of restaurants located across the street in the Gaslamp Quarter. During convention center events, attendees can get discounts on meals at many of the Gaslamp Quarter restaurants by showing their conference badge. If time permits, visit Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball club, Horton Plaza Mall and Seaport Village, all not far from the SDCC.
Convention visitors who reserve a room at the Pacific Inn can enjoy a quick commute to the convention center and many of downtown San Diego’s top attractions. The Pacific Inn offers conventioneers clean, spacious rooms, and affordable rates throughout the year.